The Russian Fencing Federation received a double boost today, when the country was awarded hosting rights to the FIE Senior World Championships in both 2014 and 2015.
Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan, and the capital Moscow will stage fencing's showpiece event.
Kazan was competing against San Francisco in California for the 2014 edition, but the US city withdrew from the race prior to the host city vote at the annual congress of the FIE, fencing's international governing body, in Paris, today.
The 2014 championships had been awarded to Sofia a year ago, but the Bulgarian capital was forced to hand back the hosting rights, citing financial issues.
USA, which had proposed several possible cities to host the 2015 championships, including New Orleans, Philadelphia and Washington DC, also pulled out of that process, leaving Moscow unopposed in the bidding.
Russia last staged the annual competition in 2007, in St. Petersburg.
It was also announced at the FIE's centenary congress that the men's epee team and women's sabre team events will return for Rio 2016, having missed out on London 2012.
Men's sabre team and women's foil team events will not feature.
There are 10 medal events for fencing at the Olympic Games, and the FIE has agreed to continue with the rotation policy that was implemented for Beijing 2008 when team events in men's foil and women's sabre missed out.